Sunday, April 7, 2019

Kitten, Kids & Mitts

So, where I have I been for the last month? Well, here is one of the highlights:
Mostly I've been working, practically drowning in paperwork and testing. And there was the matter of the lab stool that came crashing down on my foot in biology class, prompting weeks of light-duty. I still can't wear most of my shoes.

But spring break was pretty amazing -- as well as insanely busy. I started by flying to Miami, where I got to have dinner with my photo-shy son. Seth is working 20-hour days, six days a week, so I was thrilled that he was able to get away for dinner.
I had a wonderful time hanging out with Rachel and my grand-kitty, Delilah. Rachel is a true minimalist --except when it comes to her kitty. Delilah is one spoiled kitty.  
This is probably the special ed teacher in me, but I could swear that kitty has an attention deficit disorder. No matter, I fell in love with her. I think Rachel would have disowned me if I hadn't.

Miami is a great town for coffee shops, restaurants and bookstores. This coffee art came to me at Brewing Buddha, where the coffee was velvety and rich.
We spent a morning wandering around Wynwood, the artsy part of Miami. The murals there are phenomenal.
And we found these amazing gourmet donuts:
Then it was off to Seattle. Take my word for this: Flying from Miami to Seattle is a very long trip. But my aunt was celebrating her 90th birthday, so Rachel and I spent 12 hours getting out there.
We didn't have much time for sight-seeing (although we did walk past the original Starbucks), which was just fine. Many of my favorite people were there, so it was a wonderful weekend.
Rachel, left, with two of her cousins, Robbie and Jennifer. I wish
they could spend more time together!
Of course, I had to have some good travel knitting with me, and I was very pleased with my choice:
These fingerless mitts are based on a recipe by Kirsten Kapur. I grabbed a skein of Crazy Zauberball from my stash, and I love the results.
I'm going to get two pairs out of one skein, so I'm quite pleased with that. It's a mindless pattern that was perfect for travel. 

I hadn't knit with this yarn before, and I found it to be a fun yarn to work with. It's hard to stop because you want to see what color is going to come up next. It's a bit scratchy, but I think it will soften with a good soak and some wear. I definitely want to keep one pair for myself.

Keith met us in Seattle, and then he and I took a red-eye back to O'Hare. I actually made it to work that day! 

17 comments:

  1. What adventures!!! It's all great but you had me at those donuts. Wow....they look so yummy.

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  2. Rachel's kitty is so pretty!! Glad you had a good Spring break, but sorry about your foot - ouch! Love your fingerless mitts and seeing them reminds me that I want to knit up some as gifts for next winter. Good to hear from you again.

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  3. So many wonderful adventures! Thanks for sharing them with us. XO

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  4. Delilah is a beauty! Sorry to hear about your foot but happy that you were able to attend the birthday celebration and connect with family. I agree that the Zauberball Crazy yarn is fun to knit.

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  5. So nice to hear what you have been up to recently!
    The sore foot doesn't sound like much fun or the paperwork but the traveling and family is five stars! The mitts are amazing!

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  6. Ooh, that sounds fun! I'd really like to visit Seattle -- it's on my list! Zauberball yarn is really fun -- I have two skeins in my stash that I'm looking forward to knitting up. Hope your foot is back at 100% soon.

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  7. Wow That's a lot of air time. Love the mitts. Actually, I love just about anything knit with a Zauberball. Hope your toes feel better soon.

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  8. wow . THat's quite the mileage. Good to see you in blog land again. LOVE the kitty

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  9. At one point we had two cats with totally opposite personalities. T was super cautious and would 'test' something about 3 time to see if it would hold her weight before actually getting on it. Gus was ADHD. The first day we had him, he started across the floor for one thing, saw another changed course to head for it, saw something else and changed course again, I don't remember if he ever made it to any one object he was interested in.

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  10. Man - what a busy time for you. So glad you were able to spend time with your family. Ha! I love that Special Ed teacher comment. I made a few of those myself - back in the day.

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  11. whoa! what a travel week and so much fun. I'm glad you saw the kids and you had fun with them. Love your grand kitty and I cannot believe you took a redeye then went to work! You are my travel hero ;)

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  12. Lots of adventures and a sore foot! Hope you're feeling better now. It sounds like it was a pretty painful experience. Nice that you had that vacation to enjoy visiting family. lovely fingerless mitts. I like that cat with special attention deficit. :) .

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  13. So sorry about your wounded foot, but lovely that you were able to travel and visit with family and creatively knit. Well done! xx

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  14. I hurt my foot last year at work and still can't wear shoes that lace up, good thing I live in Florida. Your trips sound wonderful, a perfect spring break.

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  15. Sounds like you had a wild and crazy adventure! Hope you hit Seattle during the span of great weather in March. Next time you come sure hope you'll call! (Sure glad you didn't come for the Feb. snow, the first real snow in absolutely ages! We were housebound for a whole week.) Hope your foot heals quickly!

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  16. What a fabulous break! I'm sorry about your foot, hopefully it will be better soon. I love your mitts and I love self striping for that reason too - you can't put it down for wanting to get to the next colour.

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